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Wednesday, 20 May 1942


Mr MORGAN (Reid) .- Last week, I referred to the case of a returned soldier in my electorate named Percy Holmes. To-day, I received a letter from the Minister for Repatriation (Mr. Frost), in which he states -

I desire to refer to the ease of Mr. Percy Holmes, formerly N.99013, Corporal, School of Engineers, and now of Price-street, Merrylands. You will recollect having made representations to me regarding Mr. Holmes, and also referred to the matter on the motion for the adjournment of the House on the 7th May last.

I am pleased to be able to say that, consequent upon regulations promulgated recently, the injuries sustained by the member whilst serving at the School of Military Engineering, Liverpool, have been accepted as a departmental responsibility.

I appreciate the promptness with which the Minister has attended to the matter, and I congratulate him on the fact that he has recently reconstituted the War Pensions Entitlement Tribunal. In view of the personnel of that body, I trust that appeals by returned soldiers will receive a much more favorable hearing than in the past. Nevertheless, many other matters relating to the administration of the Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Act require attention. I received a letter to-day from Mr. Percy Holmes, which shows that the regulations already promulgated are not sufficient to meet all the needs of returned soldiers. My correspondent states -

Price-street Merrylands, 18th May, 1942.







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